WBHM 90.3 FM
Your NPR News Station

WBHM Seeks News Director to Lead Award-Winning News Team

90.3 WBHM Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM, Birmingham, Ala., is seeking a News Director to lead the station's award-winning journalistic efforts.


Live and work in Birmingham, the city that inspired Erskine Hawkins’ jazz standard “Tuxedo Junction.” We’re a big city with the amenities, plus a small-town feel. You can eat fried green tomatoes at The Whistle Stop Café and go straight to the Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center for a diverse array of performers ranging from Buddy Guy to the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Sweet iced tea is served year round, with porches, mountains, and accents from the South and the rest of the world.


Take a leadership role in a noted public media enterprise as we evolve and develop over time, listening closely and giving voice to the community we serve. Work extensively with online content, social media, and the ever-evolving technology and trends inherent in successful media today.

You will need at least a bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or a related field and five years of related experience. Supervising, directing, and editing the work of others will be a major part of your duties. While reporting is not a primary duty, the eagerness and ability to find and tell stories will be important, too. As with all of our content managers, you should be able to do fill-in work on-air, as well as modest amounts of fundraising and other station-related activities.

Collaborating within the station and throughout the community will be important to your success. Experience and willingness to work with independent producers, other media entities and content partners, and other creative people is a major plus as WBHM routinely works with other stations and distributors in public media. It would be also be good if you have direct, active experience with NPR and public radio news practices. NPR’s Southern Bureau Chief Russell Lewis is based at WBHM.

The annual salary range is $45,198.40 – $72,321.60, plus excellent university benefits. To be considered, you must apply online at the Human Resources section of www.uab.edu. Type “radio” into the keyword search box to find the right listing. Position is open until filled. AA/EOE


WBHM is a listener-supported service of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), “your NPR news station,” and home to the Alabama Radio Reading Service, a resource for the blind and print-impaired. WBHM serves a significant radio audience in Birmingham and North Central Alabama, and our online presence has more than quadrupled in unique page views in the past year. Financial support from listeners and business is at an all-time high, and UAB, WBHM’s Friends Board and our Junior Advisors are active in helping inform our plans for the future to use journalism to convene community, create relationships, examine problems, and explore solutions.

WBHM is a PC and MAC friendly shop and an increasingly “digital first” environment, where news features and two-ways are routinely put online for web and mobile use by our audience before reaching the FM airwaves. Our broadcast and production chain has undergone major upgrades in the past year to a full SAS digital routing system and consoles, and we are leading efforts with the open-source Linux-based Rivendell automation system.

Exciting times are ahead for WBHM, which is fortunate to be in a market where our listeners encourage us to do more even as we work to build a better community, inform citizens, and enrich the cultural environment. And it is with UAB’s support that we fulfill our promise of service and civic awareness. Birmingham is a city with a storied, complex history. Since the 1970s, WBHM has been integral in the city’s past, and we intend to be a vital and vibrant part of its future as we continue to make a difference in North Central Alabama.

~ May 7, 2013